Music lovers shrugged off the showers to enjoy this year’s "best ever" Yateley Gig on the Green .

Around 6,000 revellers enjoyed the two-day festival held on Yateley Green on Saturday (June 25) and Sunday.

Saturday’s main event included England’s Dreaming from Farnborough, Yateley pianist Henry Fricker, Paul Bacon singing Elton John songs, Bob Marley hits from the Trenchtown Experience and One Step Behind – The Masters of Madness.

Sunday’s line-up was more laid back, kicking off with Yateley Choral Society and followed by performances from the Junction 4 Band, So Close...The Voice of Karen Carpenter by Toni Lee, Finn Bradley, Take 4, and the Alter Eagles.

Festival goers at Gig on the Green
Hundreds of people attended including this happy pair

Gig on the Green organising committee chairman, Colin Ive, was delighted with this year’s musical extravaganza.

“This was our sixth Gig on the Green and the feedback has been that the musical line-up was the best ever,” he said.

“From local bands to professional tribute acts, the quality of the show was really top notch.

“Yes, we had a few showers but gig-goers were well prepared with umbrellas and waterproofs and it wasn’t long before the sun was out again.

Festival goers at Gig on the Green
Festival goers at the event

“I can honestly say that the rain didn’t seem to make a difference to the atmosphere at all.

“It’s really something special and quite humbling when you see thousands of people having an absolute blast and enjoying themselves.

“It was our second year of Unwind on the Sunday and, although we had a smaller crowd, it was just as fantastic. Take 4 particularly had the crowd up dancing.”

Elton John tribute at Gig on the Green
Elton John tribute act

Organisers said more than 4,000 people attended on Saturday and around 1,500 on Sunday.

'Real team effort'

They thanked sponsors Romans Estate Agents, Casa Hotel/Wheelers, Everyone Active, KFC Yateley, Michael Usher Mortgage Services, Outbound, R Collard and Willow Gardens Care Home at Hampshire Lakes.

“The event is a real team effort,” added Mr Ive.

“It’s a relatively small committee that put it all together and I hope the community appreciates all the hard work.

“I’d also like to thank all the volunteers that gave up their time over the weekend to help the event run smoothly.

Festival goers at Gig on the Green
Festival goers at Gig on the Green

“And of course, the support from all our sponsors is incredible and enables us to keep the ticket prices as low as possible.

“My final thank you is to all the people of Yateley and beyond who bought tickets and came along.

“It’s a brilliant example of the community coming together and having fun.

“It won’t be long before we start work on Gig on the Green 2017 - bring it on.”

All profits from this year’s festival will support sports facilities being developed around Yateley United Football Club.